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Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools and Colleges

This qualification is aimed at support workers and teaching assistants in schools who directly support teachers in the teaching and learning of pupils.

One afternoon or one evening per week

Entry Requirements: Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills and a placement in a school or college setting

Course Info

This course is aimed at support workers and teaching assistants in schools who directly support teachers in the teaching and learning of pupils. This qualification provides the knowledge and understanding needed to work directly with children or young people in schools. Learners will support the assessment for learning, developing relationships, promoting equality and diversity and understanding how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people.

On achievement of this qualification, learners will gain experience and knowledge of the education system and support provided in schools in order to train further as a SENCO, specialist support worker or go on to a teaching role.

This course includes a series of modules covering topics such as:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Developing professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Understanding child and young people’s development
  • Supporting assessment for learning

Teaching

The programme is taught through a series of classes, tutorials and interactive workshops. 

One of the key strengths of our teaching at the University Centre is the amount of time we dedicate to supporting you as an individual student to help you get the best out of your programme. One-to-one tutorials with your tutor are important as they allow you to raise any particular issues you may be facing. Your tutor will be as supportive as possible in helping you work through these issues. 

Course Leader: Joe Lockwood, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, MSET, is an experienced practitioner in a range of sectors including Social Care, Early Years, and the Voluntary and Community Sector. Joe has over 20 years’ experience in working in Disabled Children’s Services, with particular focus on working with those with complex medical needs, and Autism. A Member of The Society for Education and Training (MSET), she has presented at the annual Education and Training Foundation national conference. 

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of specialist support.

You are required to have a voluntary placement in a school or college setting 1 day a week Learners will need to have the equivalent of Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills to support children and young people in schools. 

Learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in, for example, learning support, social care or healthcare, early years, or supporting teaching and learning. 

Learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification. Applicants will be invited to an informal interview with the programme leader to discuss the course further.